Man’s speedy getaway
After bolting from a scene on Bunya St, drug addict hides under bed at home
NICHOLAS Andrew Stanley Harrison, 23, shifted his gaze around the Dalby courtroom, appearing nervous as he stood charged with one count of obstructing police and one count of possession of dangerous drugs in Dalby Magistrates Court.
The court heard Harrison’s vehicle was randomly intercepted by police on Bunya St at 5pm on May 20.
Police ordered the defendant out of his car so they could search the vehicle and he was seen placing an item into his pocket.
Police tried to stop Harrison and attempted to grab the item before the defendant bolted from the scene, running towards Thomas Jack Park while police pursued on foot.
While running, Harrison dropped the item on the ground, which was recovered by police and found to be 0.8g of methylamphetamine.
At 7am the next day, police went to Harrison’s home to find the defendant hiding underneath his bed.
He claimed to police he was running to get back to his heavily pregnant partner.
Harrison’s on-again, off-again partner was 37 weeks pregnant with their second child as she sat anxiously in the gallery.
Magistrate Robbie Davies was reluctant to give the defendant jail time, despite being a repeat offender.
“It’s a shame you haven’t straightened yourself and changed your ways,” he said.
“You haven’t committed serious offences but you still re-offend on a regular basis. I think the charges are not serious enough to warrant a period of imprisonment.”
Harrison was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, with a conviction recorded.